Dying man’s dog brought to the hospital to say goodbye—what she does, she knew

August 16, 2017 1:21 pm Last Updated: December 19, 2017 12:33 pm


A ventricular brain hemorrhage would take the life of 33-year-old Ryan Jessen from California in late 2016.

When Jessen was on his deathbed in the hospital, although he was loved by many who had visited and come to say goodbye, there was one very special goodbye that was as heartbreaking as they come. 

They wanted Mollie to understand if she could.

That special goodbye came from Ryan’s dog, Mollie. Ryan’s sister, Michelle, made sure to record the incredibly touching moment on camera, and posted the video, which can be seen below, on Facebook. 

“Just realizing that my brother is not going to wake up, it was obviously upsetting,” Jessen told TODAY. “We wanted the dog to have closure. We wanted to make sure she understood.”

The dog with a puppy personality had been irresistible to Ryan.

Michelle also wanted to share that moment with her friends and family, because Mollie was no ordinary dog.

Ryan first met Mollie six years ago as he was walked through the cemetery close to where his parents lived in Sutter, California. Mollie was a stray and Ryan could not resist her loving charm and puppy personality. He took her in as his own and the two formed a special bond instantly.

Mollie seemed to know.

In the video, Ryan is lying in his bed at Rideout Memorial Hospital when Mollie came to say goodbye shortly before his death on November 30, 2016.

“Mollie’s reaction normally would’ve been to run up and jump on him (Ryan) and be super excited.” Mollie seemed to understand, however, and at the hospital, she sensitively approached him with care and caution instead.

She still gives love to the family.


Ryan’s family have been given a lot of support, and they couldn’t be more appreciative. One of the most unlikely supporters in their grief is Mollie. She now lives with Ryan’s parents, who said, “We couldn’t fathom not having her. She will continue to love Ryan vicariously through her family.”

Michelle said that her whole family has always loved dogs.

After his death, Ryan was able to donate seven organs to people in desperate need. His heart was given to a 17-year-old boy from California, whose birthday falls on Christmas, said Jessen. The family hopes his story inspires others to become organ donors.

Watch the video below:

Source: Dog says goodbye to dying owner in heartbreaking moment at hospital from Today.